Oversharing And Friendship At Work: Your Environment

It seems like many people on WSO (and elsewhere) spend more time with their coworkers than their family or friends. Even though nowadays we are all hooked up to electronic devices and generally try to stay away from personal contact as much as possible, some people feel the need to share their lives and there are occasionally horror stories:

Some people simply don't have a privacy filter; they're telling you about their enema because they'll tell anyone about their enema. Others share overly personal stories because they've developed a false sense of intimacy with you.

While you don't want to be surrounded by "oversharers," it seems like most people would like to work in an open atmosphere where they are able to make some personal connection with their fellow employees. Many people form strong friendships in the workplace.
So I have two questions:
Have you ever had a coworker (or classmate) overshare to the point of absurdity? How important is it to work in an environment where you don't have to be an emotional drone?

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Aug 9, 2012

One dude is insistent on telling me when he's got the shits.

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Aug 9, 2012
Oreos:

One dude is insistent on telling me when he's got the shits.

That's funny... Where do you work? Chap here came back after 15-20 mins from the restroom saying "Fuck me, that was a big'un." and not just to me either.

Aug 9, 2012

"Dude my Asian girlfriend's mom says I'm not a man, what should I do??"

"Dude my Asian girlfriend eats, like, more than I do! Which is weird, because she's Asian, and, ......"

"Dude my Asian girlfriend says that shes tired of people thinking she's Chinese when she's really Vietnamese, which is funny because she said that true Asian people can tell by other Asian people's eyes which type of Asian they are?, and, she said that her eyes are super Vietnamese, so..."

OMG STOP IT lol

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

Aug 9, 2012

Woman who works across from me insists on telling others about her dildo purchases..she is like 55.

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Aug 9, 2012

One thing to be careful of is that at some point, you may be promoted and will be the boss of people who were previously your peers. If you are an oversharer, this would create problems for you and/or make it more difficult to get promoted. Besides the fact that it is generally irritating. Don't be one of those people.

Aug 9, 2012

"So how is your rash?" - Mom on the phone talking to God knows who

Aug 9, 2012

Maybe there's something about my face but people always feel the need to tell me really sensitive personal information. One of our secretaries was telling me about how she's been on Match.com for like 4 years and has only had 1 date and she thinks she's going to be alone forever and what advice do I have blah blah, lady I'm 26. I don't know dick about how to get a cat-woman like yourself laid. Really sorry, but keep this to yourself or share it with, I dunno, your girlfriends?

Aug 9, 2012

A girl I used to work with one day told me about her girl-girl experience.

Aug 9, 2012
fifteen:

A girl I used to work with one day told me about her girl-girl experience.

That's actually not that bad. In fact, I'd venture to say I might enjoy that conversation.

Aug 10, 2012
Finametrics:
fifteen:

A girl I used to work with one day told me about her girl-girl experience.

That's actually not that bad. In fact, I'd venture to say I might enjoy that conversation.

I guess it is not that bad at all for you, I just happen to be one of the ladies who does not have a lesbian fantasy.

Aug 9, 2012
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